John E. Wool Autograph Letter Signed as Inspector General of the Army. Two pages, two sided with one integral blank, 8" x 10", Boston, July 6, 1829. Wool forwards several political pamphlets. Letter is lightly age tone with numerous creases; generally fine condition. Accompanied by a handsome 6.5" x 9.5" engraving of Wool.

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    In part: "The author was the first man to ruin the Jackson standard in the East, and the only one from the Eastern States who voted for him in the house of representatives in 1824, and subsequently did more to stay the effects of the foul slanders inculcated against Genl. Jackson than any other individual north of the City of Washington. I mention these circumstances because I am satisfied that a most infamous attempt was made at Washington to impress him in the estimation of the President and which, unquestionably, led to the appointment of men to office at Boston, who never were, and never will be his political friends. It is true they first abused, and then supported him, but in the latter case not until after the people had expressed their determination to elect him President."

    Noted U.S. Army officer John Ellis Wool served in three consecutive wars: the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, and the Civil War, serving as the oldest Union general in the conflict. In this interesting political letter, Wool discusses the new president with William Berkeley Lewis, who was one of Jackson's political managers and later became a member of Jackson's influential "kitchen cabinet," serving as Jackson's second auditor of the Treasury.

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